The Importance Of Grace
It's the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world” (Yancey, 2002).
What is Grace?
The word for Grace in the Greek is "charis." Grace is the favour of God and it is something that we have not deserved. It possesses the opportunities for our salvation and redemption from sin. Without Christ Jesus, we would not have the Grace of God. The Grace of God comes only through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made on the cross. Without that sacrifice no one could ever know or receive the Grace of God (Lornie, 2012).
The Grace of God is what we receive through Christ
It is by Grace that we are saved. Grace is the "gift of God." The gift of God was Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God has shown His love, favour and mercy toward humanity. Through Christ we have the hope of salvation. We see this from the words of our Lord to the woman at the well in Samaria. "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." (John …show more content…
This is contrary to the scheme of God's redemption for humanity. God's grace, which comes through Jesus Christ is extended to all, not just to a select few. Paul taught that" the Grace of God brings salvation" (Titus 2:11).
Although the Grace of God has appeared to all men, this does not imply that all men are saved. It means that all possess an opportunity to take advantage of the gift of God, which is Jesus Christ. Our salvation comes through our faith in Him, when we do what Grace demands (Lornie, 2012).
The Grace of God has come by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus Christ died is significant. Without the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we all would be without hope or salvation. Grace, as it relates to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, is a theme that Paul develops in his letter to the Romans. Paul proved that all are guilty of sin, and that by one man's disobedience sin came into this world (CBCG, 2012).
In chapter five this theme is well developed. Paul also noted that it was by one man's obedience that all have the hope of salvation. This theme is summed up in one verse. "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous"(Rom.